The Kindness Kids Project ~ Back Story

I’m a big fan of back stories, so I thought maybe you would enjoy the back story of how “The Kindness Kids Project” came about.   

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 The Kindness Kids Project – The Back Story

Welcome Grammy 2
Welcome to Lowellville Elementary, Grammy Pags!

Two years ago, I was invited to be the guest author at the Lowellville (Ohio) Elementary School.  I read several of my stories to the kids; they helped me perform a little rhyme-rap; I answered questions about being an author; and I had the kids complete a drawing / writing book-related activity for me.

I had a blast, but more than anything, I was literally

Grammy & Literacy Coach, Mrs. Davis
Silly Grammy Pags (L) with Maryann Davis, Reading Specialist, Lowellville Elementary School.

blown away by how kind the faculty and students were to me.  They embraced me, my silly characters, my crazy clothes and banana slippers (it was Pajama Day); and they treated me like royalty!

Banana slippers
Banana Slippers

Days after my school visit, I was still thinking about the outpouring of kindness I received.  Our world really needs a lot of kindness, now more than ever.  I was also reading the answers to the activity I gave the kids, and getting a kick out of their responses and artwork.

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The kids working on a Woozler project!

Did I tell you that I’m a HUGE fan of art by kids?

Then it struck me . . . what if I put together a project with art and thoughts by kids with kindness as the topic?  So The Kindness Kids Project started to sprout.

I sent entry information to others schools, my teacher friends, and posted the entry information on social media.

#1 - Maeli Kornbau - Hermitage, Age 5Maeli, a little 5-year-old from Pennsylvania, sent in the first entry.  She drew pictures of people donating canned goods to help feed the poor.  Her entry touched my heart! Yay, that was number one!

I contacted the Lowellville reading specialist, Maryann Davis, and she and the students enthusiastically jumped right into the project.  Other schools and kids followed.

The project took almost two years, but I received 318 entries from kids ages 5 – 17 from eight states.  In this 72-Justin - matching sockspage compilation, you will find both serious and laugh-out-loud entries, and the artwork is adorable.  (Did I tell you I LOVE kids’ artwork?) I had such fun working on this project and I have great faith in these wonderful, thoughtful Kindness Kids.

Earth - Kindness changes the worldIt’s so difficult to pick a favorite entry, but I think Conner, age 13 of Pennsylvania, summed up The Kindness Kids Project the best.  Conner says, “Kindness will change the world!” I think he’s right.

Love and Kindness from Rhonda Paglia ~ Grammy Pags

 

Kindness Kids Project - cover from AmazonPS – A minimum of $2.00 from the sale of each book will be donated to our local school backpack program.  We’re gonna spread the kindness even more!

The Kindness Kids Project  is available in soft cover and for Kindle.

72 pages ~ Full Color

Large Print ~ Book size: 8.5″ x 11″

 

How to order The Kindness Kids Project

Softcover from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1984958003

Full book for Kindle:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BNF8LKL

Sampler for Kindle:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079ZQFK6G

To order signed copies of The Kindness Kids Project:

E-mail me at: grammypags1@gmail.com

Subject Line:  Kindness Kids Book order

Please include:

  • Your e-mail address
  • Your shipping address
  • The number of books you would like to order
  • Who you would like the books signed to  
  • For a limited time, I’m offering a reduced price of $13.50 each + shipping (shipping is pro-rated for multiple copies) 
  • Sales tax will be added to Pennsylvania orders. (Sorry about that – I’m required to charge 6% PA tax.)
  • I will e-mail you when I have received your PayPal payment.
  • Books will be shipped within 5 days after payment. 
  • I will notify you of when your books should arrive.  
  • Payment is through Paypal  

Thank you so much!  Sincerely, Rhonda Paglia ~ aka ~ Grammy Pags

 

 

 

 

Spring into Kindness

Wishing you a Happy Spring ~ and a world full of kindness for everyone! Updates and peeks at the Kindness Kids Project. #KindnessMatters

Crocus - Feb. 23 2018Happy early Spring from Grammy Pags! 

I hope you are doing well and enjoying the warmer temperatures and sunnier days.

I was so excited to see these little crocus babies with their heads peeking up out of the garden mulch today.  I think it’s the earliest ever – February 23! Spring is coming!! Yippee!!

The Kindness Kids Project ~ just about ready to go!

im-a-kindness-kid-smallerI love art and writing by kids!  I love their colorful drawings.  I love the words they use and how they express themselves.  I also love that kids create from their hearts.  When I taught elementary school, my students would write and illustrate stories for me.  These projects were some of my favorites.  Of course, I never kept them, because they were graded and returned to the kids, but oh how I wish I had some of those stories today!

Aubrey KThe Kindness Kids Project has been lots of work, but a ton of fun too.  I’m very excited about this project, and I love how it’s a vehicle for the kids to shine and focus on kindness through their art and words.

For a short time, a “Sample” of the Kindness Kids Project Book” is available at: Kindness Kids Book – Sampler

Kindness Kids Book fun facts:

  • I received 318 entries
  • From kids ages 5 -17
  • Entries came from: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Massachusetts, California, and Connecticut.
  • The project has taken almost 2 years to complete
  • The book will be full color with about 72 page
  • I tried to use as many entries, or parts of entries, as possible
  • I can’t pick a favorite – I love them all, but the one about “the brittle old Grandmother” made me laugh out loud. 🙂Brittle old grandmother
  • Book release date will be mid-April.
  • As I compiled the entries, I discovered that they started to fall into specific categories, so that’s how I’ve divided up the book.  A few categories are: how the Carry , gr 2 - animalsKindness Kids show kindness to others, to animals, and to the Earth.  Some of the kids had “advice” to share about kindness.  Some of the kids defined kindness, and I even received “Letters to Kindness” from the Lowellville, OhioKindness like catch 6th graders.  Super cool!

This has been such a fun project for me. My hope is that readers will enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed working on it.  I’ll keep you updated on the final release date.

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FINALLY – I am happy to announce:  Proceeds from the sale of the “Kindness Kids Book” will be donated to a local, Mercer County, PA school for their weekend backpack program.  I haven’t decided which school will receive the funds, but I’ll keep you posted.

I love kindness - Anthony M.Thanks for so much for stopping by.  Wishing you Happy Spring ~ and a world full of kindness for everyone!

#KindnessMatters #KindnessMatters #KindnessMatters

Fondly, Rhonda Paglia ~ Grammy Pags Stories for Kids

 

A “Sample” of the Kindness Kids Project Book is now available on Amazon:  Kindness Kids Book – Sampler

 

Other books by Rhonda Paglia:

Rhonda Paglia books – Amazon

Rhonda Paglia books – Barnes & Noble

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The Kindness Kids Project

 

 

THE KINDNESS KIDS PROJECT

Happening NOW!!

What the world needs now, is KINDNESS, sweet kindness! Grammy Pags Stories for Kids is putting together a collection of the best examples of how kids show kindness to others. 1-maeli-kornbau-hermitage-age-5This will be a book for kids AND adults!  Children are leaders too.  By following the examples of our children, hopefully we can all help make our world a better place for everyone. Please encourage your kids, grandkids, and the kids in your life, to participate in the “World Kindness Kids Project!”

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

Hi Kids!  I hope you will consider participating in my “Kindness Kids” project.  I’m in the process of collecting drawings, photographs, poems, written ideas, or a combination, from kids, just like you, who are showing kindness to others in our world.  My plan is to collect all kinds of wonderful examplkindness-certificate-1es of kindness by kids and their friends. I will select 50, or more, of the best entries that will be included in a Kindness Kids Book.  ONLY kids, ages 4 – 17, may enter. Entries that are selected for inclusion in the book, will receive a special award!

 

Here are the entry RULES:

  1. You may use an 8 1/2” by 11” piece of computer paper.  Start your entry by writing, “I’m a Kindness Kid.  I show kindness when I  . . . .” (then finish the sentence and draw your picture.)
  2. If possible, I would love for your original drawings or pictures have really bright colors.
  3. If you are submitting an original poem, story, or a paragraph of your kindness thoughts and ideas, there is a 200 word limit. Space is limited.  If you are submitting artwork, make sure you add a sentence or paragraph to explain how you show kindness to others.
  4. AGE limit: This is a KIDS ONLY contest: Kids ages 4 – 17 may participate
  5. Please sign your entry with your first name and last initial only, your country, and your age.        (Ex. Amy P., Pennsylvania, USA, age 8).
  6. Entry deadline: June 30, 2017.
  7. PLEASE: Make sure to include your return address, an e-mail address, or some kind of   contact information so that if your entry is selected, I will know where to mail your Kindness Kids Award!  Thank you!
  8. ALL entries that are chosen for the “Kindness Kids Project Book” will receive a “Kindness Kids Award!”
  9. All classroom submissions will receive a “Kindness Class Award” for participation!

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY BY EMAIL:

WHERE TO MAIL YOUR ENTRY:  Entries may be mailed to: Grammy Pags Stories – Kindness Kids Project, 347 Butterfly Lane, Hermitage, PA 16148.
I hope you will participate!  Thank you so much for being a Kindness Kid!   You are setting a wonderful example of kindness to others.  Watch for sample entries here and on my website.  Stay tuned!!
Love from, Rhonda Paglia of Grammy Pags Stories for Kids
P.S. – As entries come in, I will be posting them on several pages including this blog :  Kindness Kids Project – Entries
Post may also be seen on my website: http://www.rhondapagliaauthor.com/ and Grammy Pag Stories for Kids Facebook Fan page:  https://www.facebook.com/grammypagsstories
Finally, if you get a chance – hop over and check out “Grammy Pags Stories for Kids” on my Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00G5X3WO2